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Pilot makes emergency landing at Victoria Airport after striking bird in flight

May 2, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.

Navy pilots flying a T-34 land at Victoria Regional Airport after striking a bird in the air.

A Navy airplane made an emergency landing Wednesday morning after striking a bird in the air.

The pilots of a Navy T-34 landed at Victoria Regional Airport after the large bird struck the left wing of the plane.

The bird tore a hole in the plane's wing, Victoria County Assistant Fire Chief David Phillips said.

The pilots, who were flying from the Corpus Christi Naval Base, landed safely at the airport.

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